Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Friday 20 April

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ARTHUR EDWARDS 87 GLAN CLWYD 25.11.17 10am
JEAN CUNNINGHAM 89 GLAN CLWYD 7.12.17 11.15am
ARTHUR BASNETT 71 CORWEN 3.12.17 11.45am
CAROL ANN TOMPSETT 62 TREFNANT 2.12.17 12.30pm
MAXINE ANDREA MURPHY 52 LLANDUDNO 14.8.17 2pm


Wednesday 25 April

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
THOMAS JOHN NORRIS 69 GLAN CLWYD 25.9.18 10am
CICELY DABEK
PRE-INQUEST HEARING
93 PENLY HOSPITAL 6.4.17 3pm


Thursday 26 April

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
IAIN JAMES ROBERT GOUDIE 51 MOLD 16.11.17 10am
STUART JAMES LEON 59 SALTNEY FERRY 28.11.17 10.30am
ROGER KEVIN HUGHES 61 STOKE 26.11.17 11am
HOLLY PEARCE 1 DAY GLAN CLWYD 17.12.17 11.45am
DAVID HAROLD ERASMUS 83 NERCWYS 26.12.17 12.30pm


Tuesday 1 May

Coroner's Court, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
GWYNFOR JONES 83 WREXHAM MAELOR 5.12.17 10am
DEBORAH JAYNE
VIKKI KELLY
46 WREXHAM 27.9.17 10.30am
GRAHAM ANTHONY
WILLIAMS
75 ROYAL STOKE 25.12.17 12 noon
DEBORAH ANN DAVIES 50 WREXHAM MAELOR 19.7.17 2pm
KARL WAYNE HUMPHRIES 46 WREXHAM 18.7.17 2.45pm
MARGARET CHRISTINE
DEAKIN
69 TOWYN 30.12.17 3.30pm


Friday 4 May

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PHILIP BLANE LEA 70 RUTHIN 21.5.17 10am
MATTHEW JONES 36 MOLD 4.10.17 2pm


Friday 11 May

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JANET JONES 53 GLAN CLWYD 5.8.17 10am


 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047